Alfa Laval works to optimize the use of natural resources in both our own and our customers’ operations. As part of this commitment, we continuously work to reduce our energy and water use, decrease carbon emissions as well as improve our waste management processes in our production and service operations. The Alfa Laval Group has five environmental targets towards 2020. These are to reduce energy and water consumption, decrease carbon emissions, eliminate banned chemicals and increase waste recycling.
Energy and renewables
The environmental targets for 2020 include reducing energy consumption by 10% and carbon emissions by 15% compared with 2015. To ensure Alfa Laval achieves its carbon emission target, we work to increase the proportion of renewable electricity used.
Other activities are ongoing at Alfa Laval with the aim of reducing carbon emission and energy consumption. These activities include having energy as a key performance indicator in all manufacturing sites, which is monitored monthly, and a newly established cross-company energy group that focuses on sharing best practice.
Alfa Laval's main production processes do not require significant amounts of water. Most of the water consumed is used in the testing of our products and in their servicing. The target is to reduce water consumption by 2% per year and Alfa Laval concentrates its efforts on sites situated in regions where there is water scarcity.
A global water action group was initiated during the year, including sites with the highest water consumption in geographic areas of high water stress. The sites we are prioritizing are located in India, China and certain areas of the USA. The focus for the Group is to share challenges and best practice.
Waste and chemical management
Alfa Laval has the objective to recycle 85% of the waste generated in its operations by 2020. Alfa Laval has a robust material and chemical selection process for its products and we work to reduce the use of substances of very high concern and to eliminate chemicals listed as banned in our Black and Grey list. The list follows the regulations in our industry and sometimes goes beyond the requirements of national legislation.
Technologies enabling improvement
Everything we do has an impact on the environment. The world is looking for ways to reduce pollution, supply clean water, consume less energy and find renewable sources of energy. Alfa Laval's core competences within heat transfer, separation, and fluid handling technologies are utilized in a large number of industrial and environmental protection processes. Thus enabling a reduced environmental footprint in our customers' processes.
For more than 125 years, Alfa Laval has been providing customers with solutions that help them to re-use and protect natural resources such as energy and water in industrial processes. Today, sustainable development is high on industry's agenda. Alfa Laval continuously innovates and refines clean technologies; supporting this drive to reduce environmental impact.
- Cleaning of wastewater and reduction of sludge volumes
- Recycling of effluents
- Desalination of sea water
- Cleaning of ballast water onboard ships
- Treatment of bilge water onboard ships
- Reduction of CO2 emissions
- Reduction of sulphur emissions
- Production of renewable fuels
- Cleaning of crankcase gases from diesel engines
- Energy conservation
- Reduced energy consumption
- Improved heat recovery
- Efficient domestic heating
- Natural refrigeration
- Efficient air-conditioning
- Minimized refrigerant emissions